Kimsey Creek Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Kimsey Creek Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rainbow Springs, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

backpacking
5 days ago

The trail is beautiful. However please go into this knowing it is not 5.6 miles out and back. That is a one way mileage.

The scenery is beautiful. Many downed trees to navigate. One very sketchy bridge that I don't advise using the handrail on. It was very muddy in spots early on (over your shoe deep if you're not careful). Very rocky trail, regardless of footwear it takes a toll on your feet. Slippery trail in general add rain to the mix like it did on us and it gets interesting :) no need to bring much water just bring your sawyer and a bottle.

backpacking
2 months ago

Our group used the trail to get up to Deep Gap Campground for some camping and exploring.

The trail is moderately maintained. Several areas where you need to fight through brush and fallen trees. Some trail deterioration is evident which is not an issue if you're carrying light. If you are carrying for primitive camping or backpacking, be sure to use poles to assist with your balance.One of the several bridges needs serious repair.

I can see this being a perfect day-hike trail in the fall when the humidity and heat has dropped to acceptable levels.

hiking
2 months ago

I think this is the Kimsey (NOT Kinsey) Creek Trail that departs from the area near Standing Indian Campground. It is an absolutely fabulous trail that primarily follows the creek so that there is the wonderful sound of rushing water for most of the hike. Not much elevation change but challenges come from the several tree blowdowns that must be navigated, the many rocks and roots on the trail, and the many times the water must be crossed. The trail is marked all the way to Deep Gap, a one-way distance of 4.1 miles.

backpacking
5 months ago